He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth. ~Isaiah 53:7
Why do we complain when we’re afflicted? Jesus didn’t. We are society of complainers.
Ok, sometimes, if you don’t complain, wrongs don’t get righted and things don’t get fixed. But that’s not the afflictions we’re talking about here. It’s the stuff that we have no control over – like the weather. We complain when it’s too hot and we complain with it’s too cold.
What about the stuff that God throws at us? We yell, “Why me, God?” It’s usually because He wants to teach us something. For us to turn to Him for help. To be purified not burned when walking through fire (1 Peter 1:6-7). To persevere and build character (Romans 5:3-5). To make us mature and complete (James 1:2-4).
The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction. ~ Charles Spurgeon
So when faced with affliction, think not so much What Would Jesus Do? but think of What Jesus Did and stop complaining.